Questions I Don’t Trouble Myself With

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DT 29.29 ?The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.

There are many profound and perplexing mysteries in life, like why could the Steelers win the Super Bowl one year and play so dismally the next?? Why did God create okra?? Or opera?? Why does Jefferson Davis look so thin?? Or how anyone can ever hope to get enough antioxidants without consuming large quantities of coffee every day?

There are things that are truly sad and difficult to understand.? Why would a young mom get MS?? Why would a 1-year-old child die?? Why does God not save everyone?? We’ve probably all got questions like these, that when we die, we want to make a beeline to the throne and ask God about.

If we knew all mysteries, we’d be equal to God. There are secret things that belong to him alone. But he’s given us his Word, which holds all we need to know and do.

So I try not to trouble myself with questions God won’t answer, like:

  • What if I pray for a person who’s not elect?
  • What if it’s not God’s will to heal someone I pray for?
  • Why does God tell me to pray if he has ordained all things that happen?
  • Why am I going through this particular trial?
  • Why did God allow me to make a decision that resulted in grief?

We can’t know God’s deep will in suffering, but we? know he’s always good.? We don’t know why God doesn’t elect? everyone, but we know he’s perfectly just. We don’t know the future, but we know Jesus will never leave us nor forsake us.? We don’t need to know if God has chosen those we pray for, but we know he desires none to perish.? We don’t know if the Lord will heal a Christian sister, but we know he’ll work affliction for her good. We don’t know how we’ll experience God, but we know he’ll draw near to us if we draw near to him. We don’t know if God will give us all we ask for, but we know he’ll give us all we need to glorify him.

What questions do you leave in God’s hands?

I’m a pastor at Saving Grace Church in Indiana, PA. I’m married to Kristi, have 5 kids, and a growing number of grandkids. I enjoy songwriting, oil painting and coffee, not necessarily in that order.